Making the decision to place a loved one in hospice care can be very difficult. You want them to receive the best care, to make their remaining days as comfortable as possible. While most facilities and their nursing staff do everything possible to provide exceptional care to their patients, we often hear stories of neglect and abuse. But, one male nurse has turned the tide, once again, in favor of the good guys.
This particular nurse works at the Austinburg Nursing & Rehab Center in Austinburg, Ohio. He clearly loves his job and respects his patients. On this day he decides to sing to one of his hospice patients a moving rendition of a gospel hymn.
For three and a half minutes, he sings with beauty and grace. The patient listens quietly, with her eyes closed, enjoying the song and treasuring the message. This hymn seems to be exactly what she needs to remind her that her savior is waiting for her with open arms, when she is ready to go to him. When her nurse is finished, she softly thanks him for the gift.
If every hospice patient had a nurse like this man, perhaps some of the fear and worry associated with dying might be taken away. Family members could feel good knowing their loved one is in the hands of a person who truly cares about the patients and will do everything they can to make sure each person is comfortable and at peace.